August 8, 2012

Dork Diaries Readalikes

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Other Books Like Dork Diaries!

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life book cover by Rachel Renee Russell

Today’s Readalikes are for the Dork Diaries series. These books follow 8th-grader Nikki Maxwell as she describes her TRAUMATIC move to a snooty new school, her EPIC battle with her mom for an iPhone, and her issues with the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids, especially the SNOBBY Mackenzie.

There are 10 books in the series (and a movie coming soon), but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other funny books about life in school for ages 9-12.

  • The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
    5th grade best friends Lydia and Julie decide to study the popular girls at their school to be better prepared to fit into the popular crowd in middle school. See also the other books in The Popularity Papers series.
  • Gossip from the Girls’ Room: A Blogtastic Novel by Rose Cooper
    Unpopular 6th-grader Sophia writes an anonymous blog on her middle school’s website, and keeps track of everything she overhears in the girls’ bathroom in her notebook.
  • Dear Dumb Diary Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
    Jamie Kelly writes in her middle school diary and describes her life at home and school in humorous detail. Only Jamie’s dumb diary understands why Angeline is awful, her mom’s cooking is terrible, and why her little cousin is so annoying! See also the other books in the Dear Dumb Diary series.
  • Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
    While training her new puppy, 6th-grader Annabelle discovers that many of the same techniques can be used to tame the crazy boys in her middle school.
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
    Author Raina describes in humorous and heartbreaking detail the traumas she went through in 6th grade before and after getting braces.
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Callie is the set designer for her middle school drama production, but the onstage drama is nothing compared to the offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. When two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
  • How I Survived Middle School Can You Get an F in Lunch? by Nancy Krulik
    Jenny and Addie have always been best friends, but when Addie decides she wants to join the Pops, the coolest clique in the school, Jenny is worried she may lose her best friend. See also the other books in the How I Survived Middle School series.
  • Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer Holm
    Ginny can’t wait for 7th grade to end, especially when it involves getting braces, annoying brothers, and losing the lead in the ballet to your ex-best friend. In this story told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a variety of other items, Ginny’s first year of middle school is revealed in gruesome and hilarious detail!
  • The Misfits by James Howe
    Four unpopular 7th-graders create a “No-Name” party for the student council elections representing all the students that have been picked on and called mean names in school.
  • Amelia’s Notebooks by Marissa Moss
    Moving away from your best friend isn’t fun, but at least Amelia has her notebook to write about her life as she struggles with friends, school and of course, gossip. See also the other books in the Amelia’s Notebooks series.
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
    Harriet never goes anywhere without her journal. But when her classmates find her notebook and discover what she really thinks of them, Harriet has some serious explaining to do!
  • 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Amanda, Scholastic Booktalker

  1. Abby

    Dork Diaries is a really awesome series and the other books recommended above sound fun too.

  2. Raven

    really none of this are like dork diaries diary of a wimpy kid is like dork diaries but its about a boy he is in the same grade

  3. anastacia

    GREAT JOB! thank so much for posting this u are a exalent writer cant to here more from u. thank im very interesed in reading this U ROCK!

  4. elise

    i know wright. i have read the whole sereis and i cont wait for the next book!!!!!!!!!!!!eek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous

    I have the first one and the last, and their both the best books i have ever read

  6. Parisa

    i love the dork diaries! and i want to read the 5th book: Not so smart know it all in these summer vacations! :’)

  7. ashleigh

    i really love there books i have read the 3rd one and it is awsome and i am so ecided to read all the other ones i hope the books never stop getting out because they are so good my friend told me the seirse were so good and she is right now i keep on reading there books every 1000 min of the day oh i wish i could


  8. fallingemerald19

    omgosh these books are amazing! i love them i made my stepmom buy the second book because i only had the first 1 i cant bekieve that there r 6 books right?

  9. snowbloodhound50

    OMG i just love that book sires and i think it is meant to be,i am going to order the book from amazon and book 7 comes out near my birthday!!!So my last gift is going to be a dorky surprise!!!!

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  11. Rachel

    OMG!!! there is going to be a movie!!!!!!! Love the series!!! Anyone will be able to love these diary/ book!!!!!!!!! :0

  12. lucy

    I read 1-6. So far out of the whole series the 5th is my favorite! I loved when she chose her nick name to be miss-know-it-all. I wish my nick name was that.

  13. maelstromadventure10

    she is the best author in the world wish i could see how you make your books

  14. blueblack3385

    i love the book i have read only two of them till now i but i can;t wait till my mom gets me some more they are awesome :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Aliyah

    OMG I wish I had the entire series that’s why I cant wait until my birthday and Christmas I will ask for nothing but BOOKS

  16. Aliyah

    Cant wait until the dork diaries movie coming out in 2015 it might be like diary of a wimpy kid movie because dork diaries is sort of like the diary of the wimpy kid girl version lol

  17. sunshineduchess7

    What?!!? There’s a MOVIE of dork diaries?!!? I can’t wait to see it!!!!!!! :-D !!!! Honestly, I’ve been wondering when you would make one, and now I will finally get to see one!!!!!!!!! XD!!!!!!!

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  19. BookWorm2093

    This is the BEST BOOK EVER!!!! Everyone with a sense of humor should check this book out and I’m sure they’d love it!

  20. pb27765866

    I love your books they are long books but good ones.I love how you wrote it too.

  21. maelstromwriting11

    i love dork diaries never stop makeing them rachel BEST BOOK EVER !!!!!!!!! (:

  22. reagan w

    luv the books favorite book I luv and I also like middle school survival both r totes great!

  23. eeeew

    its the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. marlene

    omg these are the best series in the world i mean it they are halurous and so interesting .Some times i read a book of dork diaries in one or two days.I cant hold the curiosity.OR just stay up all night JUST TO READ THE BOOK.

  25. vivika

    I just love the new dork diary it is so amaz im mean like of the hook who wrote it the are so cool im reading miss know it all so i want to know who wrote it

  26. fashionreading21

    I LUV DORK DIARIES! so funny and cool. kinda like diary of the wimpy kid and dear dumb diary. (:

  27. julia

    I really like dorkdiaries i think its a really good book. But I also really like Diary Of A Wimpy Kid a lot and I know A lot of Other kids enjoy reading it also!

  28. amazingathlete

    Omg I read this book once and i loved it all my friends said it was amazing and i just felt the urge to read it it is so interesting but i havent had time to read the next one wish i had more tim in the day but anyways this book is so amazing it is a wonderful book.

  29. basketballred104

    I also read the Dork Diaries books they are so funny.The only one i have to read is the last one. I bet it’s going to be great. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!! I hope that more come out.

  30. cutie3500

    This will really help me! I LOVE the Dork Diaries, and will be really sad when it’s over. Maybe these books can shrink my eventual sadness.

  31. ArrivingArtistic11

    ive read the first two books i cant wait to read them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Isha

    I have read the first and second book of Dork Diaries and I can’t wait to buy the rest. I love the series so far, it is amazing. I think it is a girl version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  33. anuja

    dork diaries i like the most.they r nice and interesting.i love give me ideas to how to write my own diary.

  34. kylah

    Oh my gosh i love dork diaries! i really cant wait till the 5th one comes out! it is so great!!!!!!!!!

  35. kylah

    I love dork diaries!!!! It reminds me of my older cousin. and i cant wait until they come out with the movie!!!!!

  36. Madison

    I have read the whole series of “Dork Diaries.” It is very humorous and entertaining. I hope you guys enjoyed the books as much as I did. I hope to find another book series to read that’s just as interesting and fun.

  37. iceteal7

    I read some of the series, it was so hilarious and good I hope one day I could read other series of this.

  38. downpourarcade7

    I love Dork Diaries! I have all the books,and can’t wait for the 5th! The weird thing thing is that I don’t like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  39. lightningthief3

    I heard of it but I like adventure and realistic fiction basically. I might read that book in one day.

  40. dawnaqua40

    I love those books! I only have the first one, but I checked the other two out from the library.

  41. pinkaqua201


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